Well, it seems like the rumors are true! Kate has banned your own BigCityLib from posting to her SmallDeadAnimals blog!
Now, I haven't received even the courtesy of an e-mail explaining the reasoning behind this ban, but I can guess. For example, many smalldeadanimalists have e-mailed me with words to the effect that my stark criticisms have made them cry. One gentlemen wrote to inform me that my comments had inspired him to a whole new direction in life, and he was coming to Toronto to marry himself a nice young hockey-player. So, I was stirring up the pot a bit too thoroughly and Kate, rather than allow a true and free debate and letting the chips fall where they might, clamped down in an attempt to impose some right wing version of "political correctness".
However, one thing that I know for sure: the ban had nothing to do with my violating any of Kate's new posting or anti-trolling guidelines, which I have bent over backwards to observe, and indeed have observed much more strictly than many of her ideological soul-mates.
For example, I have stopped referring to the other participants on SmallDeadAnimals as "ignorant bush-hicks from the foothills outside of Gooberville", and I've stopped referring to Stephen Harper as "Harponey", although I thought that last was a rather good one. In fact, I think the only real difference in the level of invective that I have employed, as opposed to that which has been used upon me, is that I, being a Liberal, seem to know more words than the average SmallDeadAnimal. I would constantly get the whole "latte drinking scumbag" thing, and I didn't have the heart to tell them that I don't even drink coffee, because I don't think they would have known what else to call me. In fact, on several occasions I offered to buy everyone on the blog a thesaurus, only to have this offer turned down in language that I will not repeat here.
And, as noted earlier, it isn't just that I can't post to SmallDeadAnimals. I get the following message when I attempt to visit the site:
You don't have permission to access / on this server.
Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
I'm not really a techy, but I assume my IP is being blocked. Is there any way to dodge this other than posting from a different computer?
And I would like to return, because it isn't that Conservatives are totally incorrigible. Do you remember the story about the farmer and his donkey? The farmer says that he has the smartest donkey in the world. In fact, the donkey can learn anything you might care to teach it. But before launching into a demonstration, the farmer takes a big 2-by-4 and whacks the donkey over the head. When asked why, he says, "Before you can teach them, you have to get their attention."
Tories are a bit like the donkey, I find.
Maybe Kate hasn't realized it yet, but they need me over at SmallDeadAnimals, and I am anxious to get on with their education.